ASTRA Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health

Oct 01 2014

The Lithuanian minister of Health, Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė, recently proposed introducing a mandatory waiting period of 72 hours before a woman can have an abortion. The motion says that within these 72 hours woman must be provided with information about alternative possibilities, undergo mandatory psychological counselling and receive any other help which might help her make the decision to keep the pregnancy. The woman would also receive information about family planning methods. Additionally, the draft new bill on termination of pregnancy suggests allowing medical abortion. Before signing the document Šalaševičiūtė intends to hold public hearings.

Source: DELFI (in Lithuanian), DELFI (English)

Sep 30 2014

On 28th September, the Global Day of Action for Safe and Legal Abortion, the new non-profit initiative, Women Help Women, was announced. Women Help Women is a forum for feminist, collaborative activism focused on increasing access to contraception and abortion. WHW mobilise women to directly help other women. In response to the need of women worldwide who are looking for information and access to products on the Internet, Women Help Women has opened an online service, where women can request oral contraceptive pills, emergency contraception, female and male condoms, and medical abortion. Women will receive these products at their homes, along with expert counseling, information and support in multiple languages. This individualized service is linked to advocacy efforts locally, regionally, and internationally to expand access to reproductive health information and services online and in communities.

All pro-choice, human rights and feminist organizations are invited to partner with WHW and endorse the initiative. Click here to find out more.

Women can Help other Women to get information and vital reproductive health products.

Sep 29 2014

On the occasion of the September 28 Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, European civil society organizations working on human rights launched a petition directed to the European Parliament to guarantee the respect of human rights standards on the issue.

Sep 29 2014

In connection to the 69th UNGASS and the ongoing Post-2015 process ASTRA produced a brief on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Central and Eastern Europe for the Post-2015 Women’s Coalition. The brief can be accessed on their website (direct link to pdf here).   

Sep 28 2014

The Federation for Women and Family Planning (also serving as ASTRA Network Secretariat) held a pro-choice happening on September 28 in the area of Warsaw Old Town – “Women suffer in Silence”. About 150 people stood together in a group and held a sheet of white paper with a women’s face printed on it in front of their own faces. During this event women’s stories related to abortion in Polish context were read aloud by two actresses and informational materials (such as a leaflet about abortion and the Polish reality) were distributed among observers. The Federation has come together in a wider pro-choice coalition with other NGOs, such as the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, the Campaign Against Homophobia, and KARAT Coalition among others. The Federation for Women and Family Planning also contributed to the September 28 virtual mural by creating a short film on abortion stigma, please see it oYou Tube HERE.

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